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I was in the middle of the crosswalk, when I see a too-fast cab rounding the corner. My first thought was "He must be slowing down to make this turn, and he's gotta see me." Very quickly I realized that neither of those things were true, so I ran up the block and across the street. I'm not sure how close he ended up being to me — definitely less than a meter, though. As he sharply decelerated (somewhere after where I was initially in the crosswalk, but before I made it completely across) the cab (one of those hybrid Ford Escapes) made some awful noises. The cab was stopped about 1.5 meters past the inside edge of the crosswalk and would not move. He tried revving the engine, to no avail (and to some horrible noises).

Some other pedestrians asked me if I was okay (I guess the thudding noise coming from the inside of the car sounded like I got hit). I had trouble deciding whether to call 911 or 311 or what, and decided that the damage he did to his own vehicle was sufficient, since I was not harmed (hell, I didn't even have a stress reaction aside from swearing at the guy).

Afterward, as Erin and I headed out for dinner, we went by the guy who was calling someone about his broken vehicle. He apologized. I asked him what happened there and he said he didn't see me. I said "Really?" and went on my way.

IIRC, it was 4J16.

In Canada!

Jul. 8th, 2009 10:09 pm
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But before Canadian stories, new Zipcar:
· 200? Toyota Prius — If it looks like a small car, sounds like a small car, it is one, regardless of hybridness. The car had a very strange shifting method, where I had to hold the shifter into the selection and then release. There was also a separate button to put it in park. The rear view glass was hard to see through and annoying to use. And I found the idling creep a little slow to engage. But it handled well, and it had OK acceleration. The killer-app was the incredible cheapness ($8/hr on a weekend!) and being at the right place (Herald Square) at the right time (when Erin and I had tons of shopping we didn't want to lug on the train).

So far in Toronto:
* Public workers' strike means overflowing garbage cans and no more ferries to the Toronto Islands, which I wanted to go see.
* Erin and I had a great time at the CN Tower and Steam Whistle Brewery. At the latter, I ate a pellet of hops, which was a most interesting experience.
* We also did a lot more transit use today than yesterday.
* Speaking of yesterday, we had a pleasant and uneventful trip to YYZ from JFK, and then both of us took mass transit to nearly our hotel and walked a long distance to the hotel. Now we use the streetcars instead of walking.
* Both of our feet have been having a tricky time with the significantly higher workload.

And, believe it or not, we have been trying to relax, too!
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I keep forgetting to mention that I defeated the poison ivy by the train near work. See, winter can be good!
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I'm not really sure what 'herm' is, nor why it might be on a disused Verizon cart.

I really need to stop going to bed so late. Especially now that I have class again. When I get to work, I need to remember to print out this week's reading. Yeah, I should've read it over the past 2 weeks when I didn't have class, but that would have required remembering to copy the assignment onto another sheet of paper, which is evidently too difficult.

I hope I don't pass out at work or at class. Also, it's beginning to look a lot less likely that I'll hit my train leaving Penn, which will prove that searching for where I left my umbrella this time was a totally great use of my time. My own fault for trying to fix my computer by nearly breaking Erin's instead of getting ready for today. Never mind, I made it with about 30 sec. to spare.

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Below is a very happy sight. NJTransit turns off signal lights when there are no trains around. So it is very nice to see the lights come on at 1130, telling you that you're about to head home.

I just got my mom one of her birthday presents. I think I'll install it tonight so she won't have to deal with it. Also because I'm a cheapskate and got her an open box version. Gotta love Best Buy. I plan to get her some other things, and split it with one of my brothers. Sounds fun, right?

Being on 2nd shift has screwed up a lot of my normal routine. I'm down to 2-3 big meals a day, instead of 5-6 small ones, for instance. I also haven't been posting nearly as much. And I've been lazy at work because there's no support. Whatever, I'll be back on 1st shift next week, and all will be good.

I also picked up 'Foot Fist Way', which was hilarious in theatres and I can't wait to show to Howard and Pat. I think they'll get a kick out of it as the lead does everything wrong.

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When the MTA paints over your tag, the correct solution is to complain about their choice of paint.

My TKD teacher, Howard will be giving a free Self-Defense Workshop this upcoming Thursday at 7:30p at his studio in Brooklyn. I wish I could go myself, but I'll be working 2nd shift.

I've decided that I much prefer mass transit to driving. I still like to drive, in general, but for commuting I find taking the train to be very superior. Next week, I will try to minimize the number of trips taken by car, which will likely include leaving the car at work one night. This will reduce the amount of time spent parking (which is substantial in Carroll Gardens around midnight) while allowing me to get to Howard's noontime classes on Tuesday and Thursday.

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This one I found on the F line, strangely enough. I can't tell if this was done out of frustration or what.

Had an OK day yesterday. Lots of work, lots of sleepy. I didn't end up having any tea, which I fear contributed to a headache I had all day. Needless to say, I'm still tired today.

I am such a zombie today. I hope I'll get some more sleep upstate. It really sucks that I have to bring my final up there. I hope OpenOffice's equation editor is up to the task, because I won't have access to a scanner, I don't think. Hopefully, with new space-saving additions, like my camping towel, I'll be able to have the machine easily.

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Seriously, I was trying to get a photo of the drawing outside the train, not the lady reading. Both are nice, of course.

I need to get some extra sleep tonight. My throat really hurts, only on one side, though. Also my typing and tetris are shot. Still, I'll be dumb, and go to dinner w/ the TKD folk before home. And waking up early to leave work early to pack for the Mountains.

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Apparently, Mister Softee has enough trucks to qualify as a chain restaurant under NYC's calorie-listing law. For those of you not from NYC, the city recently enacted a law requiring all chains to put calorie counts on their menus. It has been enlightening, and I hate to say it, but I've changed my order at least once based on this info.

Just a few moments ago, I was freaking out about losing my NJTransit pass. I couldn't find it in my wallet, nor in my pants. So I re-checked my wallet, didn't find it, and then upon putting it away, I saw it in my breast pocket, where I usually put it when I take it out of my wallet. Obviously, I need some tea.

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There isn't much more to say about the photo than the subject line.

Loud drums are about to start here on the train. They, strangely enough, are loud.

Overall a good day, well outside of work. Did the shopping I needed to do, got a Zipcard, and had a nice dinner with my family. My trains leaving Jersey, however, were extremely delayed, so I missed practice w/ Howard.

Work was a problem thanks to the two blackouts we had. All our test equipment rebooted, as did all the relevant network hardware, so not only were our stations screwed up, but we couldn't even surf the web to entertain ourselves while we waited, fruitlessly for the situation to improve.


Aug. 3rd, 2008 09:54 am
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I dig the book these statues are contemplating.

New train schedules out today. They don't seem to affect my commute, even on Sundays. I'm starting to contemplate whether I want to start doing my overtime by coming in early during the week instead. I really like the idea of a 2-day weekend. On the other hand, in order to do that, I have to get to work on the 550 train from Penn. Which is a little bit earlier than my current 745 train.

The past few days I've been feeling kinda down on myself. I've got no reason why, of course, which only makes it more frustrating. I just want to sleep for a few days. Not really an option, that. The best part is that I've started feeling guilty for all the time I'm wasting in this little hole of ick. And of course, only an ass would waste so much time on this self-indulgent crap.

I'm sure a full work day w/ no lunch break so I can leave earlier will improve my mood immensely.

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Erin got this neat steel rack to go over the back of our sink. This is great because it prevents water from pooling back there as much. It also organizes the things we have back there, and lets them dry out more easily. As I said, it's pretty excellent.

I'm going to try a transit experiment today. Instead of transferring to a train that goes direct to Penn, I'm going to stick to this D and walk the block above ground. Hopefully I'll still make it in OK time.

Today I'm even more awkward than normal. I have a dark grey short-sleeve button-down, brown slacks, and black shoes and belt. I have a reverseable belt at home that is brown, but I have no brown shoes, so that still fails. And I only have black dress socks anyways.

Yesterday I finally got that haircut I've been bitching about. My head is much cooler. My parents both like it as does Erin, so I must not have screwed it up too badly.

This train idea would have worked better if the train moved faster than 2mph. Oh well. Missed it.

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Jul. 23rd, 2008 06:09 pm
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Weekends are, as we know, made for construction by the MTA. It appears that some Yankee fans with some crayons decided to help the bridge-and-tunnel set figure out how to get to the game this past weekend. The other sign is usually there when there's construction, so I think that's done by the attendant. Found in Penn Station.

Did some needed housework yesterday. My problem with a lot of housework, like dishes, for example, is that I'll do a good amount of work, but the sink will still be nigh-unusable, which makes me feel like I'm wasting my time. If doing the work provides no benefit, why am I doing it? Why am I stressing over it not being done if doing it accomplishes no measurable good?

Tonight Tom comes in and tomorrow is HOPE. So a busy weekend is ahead of me. I hope to see Batman, but I'm not expecting it...

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I've always been amused by the depiction of NJ as some black continent, 'Here There Be Monsters,' or something.

I am running late today, and skipped the pushups because I had trouble getting up. I need to remember to sleep more. Also, there are other things I need to remember, but I'm forgetful. I'll also be skipping practice tonight thanks to both laziness and the need to do some errands.

School is ok thus far. It's a little slow right now, and that's ok - I like that something is slow right now. It doesn't help that I go right after work. I get really sleepy then.

I've been so sleepy the past few days. I blame the not sleeping enough, along with my cup of tea habit. Well, at least all the things I'm going to do tonight will either be at or close to home. I might just get some sleep tonight.

Everyone's excited about Batman, right? I'm not sure when I'll be able to make it, maybe Wednesday?

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Nom nom, tasty union.

Tonight, after my first half semester off since I started this Masters thing, I return to class. It is sad, because I'm missing Fordham TKD classes, and all the tasty people there. But I'm glad to be moving again, and I'm really excited to start CyberSecurity classes in the fall (I need to remember to get the schedule ASAP, so I can sign up for the online courses).

My mom is much improved. She's expecting to get out on Wednesday, if everything continues going this well. The swelling is down, and her color's coming back, but her foot still hurts. For a while there, things were looking a bit dire.

I'm trying to get back into my routine, sleepy alarm included. As it stands, I'm like the overeager kid at a sleepover: I always want to talk, even when it's way past lights-out. Speaking of, I'm thinking of getting a clapper and a small lamp for my room. I think it would be nice to have a little light that didn't come from the overhead.

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What should I do for the next 2 hours in Penn Station? See, thanks to a variety of factors, only a few were w/in my control, I missed the 914 train. The next train to Seacaucus leaves in an hour, but that doesn't even matter, because there's no train for me out of there until 1140.

Yesterday was nice until it wasn't. Practice was good, lunch was good, chatting with my parents was good, even starting the replacement of my dad's stereo system was good. I realized I needed a part, and my dad volunteered to drive me to RadioShack to get it. Then it started pouring. We got the part and went home. My dad went down to check on the basement, which had flooded, so we spent the next 4 hours with a shop vac, emptying the several inches of water. During this time, when the water was low enough, I struggled with restarting the water heater. When that was done, I went back upstairs to the stereo. Of course the case was too small, but I only skinned my knuckles a few times. Eventually all was well.

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Found this in Secaucus Junction. But I'm pretty sure that it wasn't the reason that it smelled funny. (It always does.)

Erin & I are getting a couch from HomeReserve.com. Will update later on actual quality. It looks like it will look & feel nice though. It and an A/C will make it much easier for us to hold gatherings all year round. Home Despot seems to have the best prices there.

Looks like one of the vacant lots near us is finally getting ready to be developed. When it is, I predict rising rents for the whole neighborhood.

Today is the second day of my new sleep alarm + melatonnin system. I'm not perfectly awake, but I'm much better off than I've been.

Oh, and work has rewarded some of the people on my project with July 3 off for all of the time we've put in. I'm one of those people. It's rather nice.

Poly ad?

Jun. 6th, 2008 12:51 pm
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Found on the train, obviously. In this ad, we see a lady between two gentlemen. In case the resolution doesn't show it, her legs are crossed and shaven, while the other two are neither. 'Middle seat,' indeed.

Finally remembered to take a non-disposable bowl with me to work. So, good for the environment and my wallet, slightly annoying for me.

Today I'm working 2nd shift, which I almost forgot. I hope my bench partner did not forget. I found a really interesting bug the other day. It's those kind of things that make the weird hours almost worth it.

I've got to see what changes I will have to make for my new courses. My original plan to drop my current EE course and take 3 CyberSecurity ones, as per my supervisor's recommendations, cannot happen thanks to Stevens' rules. Best I can do is 2. I hope he's OK w/ that.

Also, has anyone else been in severe need of snuggles lately?

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This was taken Monday in the park of my roommates Cyrus and Charlene. Obviously as the two-headed racket monster. Contrary to popular belief, the racket monster does NOT eat children or small dogs. It subsists solely on a diet of shuttlecocks and love. So, please send your local racket monster some shuttlecocks and some love.

Today the radio tells me of a 45 to 60 minute delay for NJ Transit trains leaving Penn Station. That sounds like a long enough delay that it would not matter to me, as I'm only going one stop away. Here's to taking transit risks.

I'm hoping, that since I don't have any evening plans, I'll be able to remove one of my window guards and maybe install my a/c. If I don't get distracted or frustrated, that is.

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